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Dave Erickson
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:51 am  Reply with quote
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The last leg of the journey was completed on a custom A5 SW16. The extra barrel I bought for a shortened A5 SW16 was sound, but neglected with scuffs and rust. Even the rib had rust, so my local gunsmith cleaned it up, removed and plugged the mid-bead, and gave it his best polish and reblue. It's all done and I like it!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:03 pm  Reply with quote
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That looks great! Enjoy!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:28 pm  Reply with quote



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It looks short.
What slot?

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Should be a great dense cover gun Smile

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Dave Erickson
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:00 pm  Reply with quote
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Yep, 23" barrel, grouse gun in mind. Fact is it's 1" shorter than my 28" barreled Beretta OU, so it might be more than a grouser. I'll enjoy finding out. Final weight is 5 lbs. 8 oz.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:59 pm  Reply with quote



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Dave Erickson wrote:
Yep, 23" barrel, grouse gun in mind. Fact is it's 1" shorter than my 28" barreled Beretta OU, so it might be more than a grouser. I'll enjoy finding out. Final weight is 5 lbs. 8 oz.


Wow!
That is light.
BUL watch out.

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Dave Erickson
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:32 pm  Reply with quote
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Yes, it's borderline too light, but these new A5's have some forgiving and endearing characteristics. They point and swing really well, and they strangely have very little recoil for as light as they are.
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Dave that is a picture of perfection! Now for the weather to get nice so can shoot again..

Not surprising agree on all points about the new Sweet in general especially with the 23" bbl



So once the weather gets a bit nicer look forward to shooting your new custom FAIR Very Happy We really are a "bad" influence on each other. Nah I am going to go with thank you ahead of time instead!
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Dave Erickson
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Cold Iron wrote:
Dave that is a picture of perfection! Now for the weather to get nice so can shoot again..

Not surprising agree on all points about the new Sweet in general especially with the 23" bbl



So once the weather gets a bit nicer look forward to shooting your new custom FAIR Very Happy We really are a "bad" influence on each other. Nah I am going to go with thank you ahead of time instead!


Mike, I hope to replicate this picture next season. These A5's are a lot like our dogs, in a word, versatile. We'll have to meet on the big hill once the skeet range gets cleared, or hit the heated 5-stand at Woods & Meadow.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:50 am  Reply with quote
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Very nice Dave . Wish I could find an extra barrel from mine . Browning should offer one configured just like yours .
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Dave Erickson
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I have to give Cold Iron the credit for breaking ground on shortening the barrel. A big grin happens every time I pick this thing up.
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The perfect autoloader for the upland hunter. Kudos to Cold Iron and Dave. Now if Browning would follow their lead.
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hayseed wrote:
The perfect autoloader for the upland hunter. Kudos to Cold Iron and Dave. Now if Browning would follow their lead.


There needs to be a fun filled side by side comparison with a BUL and the new Sweet.
Ignoring the gauge of course and the fact that neither are SxSs.
Very Happy

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Dave Erickson
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:31 am  Reply with quote
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SW16-real wood BUL-fake wood

SW16-metal rib BUL-plastic rib

Those are two things that stand out to me.

The BUL is a nice upland auto. I prefer the A5 platform after having both.
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Pockets wrote:
hayseed wrote:
The perfect autoloader for the upland hunter. Kudos to Cold Iron and Dave. Now if Browning would follow their lead.


There needs to be a fun filled side by side comparison with a BUL and the new Sweet.
Ignoring the gauge of course and the fact that neither are SxSs.
Very Happy


Notice I said “perfect autoloader”, not the perfect shotgun as no other manufacturers chamber the 16 gauge.
I have 16’s in every configuration except a pump. Love them all though I shoot some better than others and have favorites for certain types of hunting. Pick the perfect tool for the job. All good Smile
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